STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1527
RE: H.B. No. 1444
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2017
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 1444, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to prohibit persons from acting as pharmacy benefit managers without registering with the Insurance Commissioner.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from six individuals. Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Insurance Division; Kaiser Permanente; and CVS Health.
Your Committee finds that pharmacy benefit managers administer drug formularies and determine reimbursements to pharmacies for dispensed medications. Their practice of below-cost reimbursements have a huge financial impact upon small independent pharmacies, who presently have no effective venues in which to bring a grievance or complaint against pharmacy benefit managers. This measure is necessary as a first step to holding pharmacy benefit managers accountable for their actions.
Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion of the measure.
Should this measure go to Conference, your Committee requests that the Conference Committee consider whether:
(1) This measure will regulate a previously unregulated profession or vocation, requiring a "sunrise" review by the Auditor under section 26H-6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, before the measure can be enacted; or
(2) The measure may be enacted with a proviso that explicitly exempts the registration of pharmacy benefit managers from a sunrise analysis.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1444, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1444, H.D. 2, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
JILL N. TOKUDA, Chair